Miami Herald president and publisher Alexandra Villoch has been named regional publisher for the east region of the McClatchy company, the media company announced Friday. The move is one of a series of new positions.
Villoch will be one of four publishers across McClatchy’s 30 local media companies promoted to manage company operations within region. She will supervise the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and Bradenton Herald in Florida; the Macon Telegraph and Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in Georgia; the Biloxi Sun Herald in Mississippi; the Lexington Herald Leader in Kentucky; and the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania.
She will report to Mark Zieman, McClatchy’s vice president of operations, who previously was the sole person responsible for oversight of all of McClatchy’s papers. The publishers at each paper will now report to their regional publisher.
The move is the latest in a series of realignments for the media company designed to streamline the company’s print operations, refocus resources to better serving each paper’s audience and increase digital growth.
The new positions were created to better help McClatchy provide oversight and coordination for all of its papers across the country, Villoch said.
“This will accelerate our transformation as a digital company,” Villoch said. "It will allow us to more be more responsive to our audiences and leverage learnings across markets faster."
Said Craig Forman, McClatchy's president and CEO, via a statement, "Our new regional publishing structure sharpens our ability to move faster on both a local and national level, and underscores our desire to work differently to accelerate the pace of our digital transition.''
In the Carolinas, Sara Glines, president and publisher of The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, will oversee that company as well as the Herald-Sun in Durham and the Charlotte Observer, in North Carolina. In South Carolina, she will oversee the Rock Hill Herald, the State in Columbia, Island Packet in Hilton Head, the Beaufort Gazette and the Myrtle Beach Sun News.
For the Midwest region, Tony Berg, president and publisher of the Kansas City Star, also will lead the Wichita Eagle in Kansas, the Belleville News Democrat in Illinois and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas.
In the West, Gary Wortel, current publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, will become president and publisher of the Sacramento Bee, also overseeing California publications Fresno Bee, Merced Sun-Star, Modesto Bee and the Tribune in San Luis Obispo. Also under his supervision are Washington publications Tacoma News Tribune, the Olympian in Olympia, the Bellingham Herald and the Kennewick-based Tri-City Herald; and the Idaho Statesman in Boise.
The new regional publishers assume their duties on April 3.